[env-trinity] [FOTR] SF Chron 2 12 10

Greg King gking at asis.com
Sun Feb 14 12:33:17 PST 2010


Thanks for this reminder. We will be signing on.


Greg King
President/Program Director
Siskiyou Land Conservancy
P.O. Box 4209
Arcata, CA 95518
gking at asis.com

On Feb 14, 2010, at 10:49 AM, summerhillfarmpv at aol.com wrote:

> Greg, would be good if you could sign onto the letter attached done  
> by NRDC and EDF.  We need to get as many groups on this letter as  
> possible.  Resnick is a big landowner in Kern county, majority  
> owner of the Kern Water Bank, and largest citrus farmer in  
> America.  Has many companies related to ag, and is a billionaire.   
> Close supporter and friend of Feinstein.
> To sign on tell bnelson at nrdc.org, and agupta at nrdc.org.  They both  
> need to have name, title and organization.  Thanks, This is a big  
> deal!
> Mark Rockwell
> In a message dated 2/14/2010 10:00:08 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
> gking at asis.com writes:
> This is just incredible. It's not water for farmers, it's water for  
> cash. The article says Feinstein is acting primarily at the behest  
> of Stewart Resnick. Who is Stewart Resnick? To wit:
> http://www.c-win.org/news/alternet-how-limousine-liberals-water- 
> oligarchs-and-even-sean-hannity-are-hijacking-our-water-s
> "The leader of these recent water privatization efforts in  
> California is a Beverly Hills billionaire named Stewart Resnick.  
> Stewart and his wife, Lynda Resnick, own Roll International  
> Corporation, a private umbrella company that controls the flowers- 
> by-wire company Teleflora, Fiji Water, Pom Wonderful, pesticide  
> manufacturer Suterra and Paramount Agribusiness, the largest  
> farming company in America and the largest pistachio and almond  
> producer in the world. Roll Corp. was ranked #246 on Forbes' list  
> of America's largest private companies in 2008 and had an estimated  
> revenue of $1.98 billion in 2007. ...
> "Public Citizen's "Water Heist" report uncovered evidence that the  
> Beverly Hills farmer was instrumental in the privatization of the  
> Kern Water Bank. Not surprisingly, Resnick's Paramount Farms  
> emerged with a majority stake in the venture. In fact, Resnick's  
> farm empire controls the Kern Water Bank so thoroughly that it is  
> not easy to discern where Paramount ends and the Kern Water Bank  
> begins. The Kern Water Bank Authority, which administers the bank,  
> is located in Paramount's corporate office building outside of  
> Bakersfield, California."
> Keep reading (from the link above; many thanks to C-WIN) to learn  
> about the $73 million sale of Central Valley Project water (that  
> would be public water) to the Mojave Water District. These are the  
> "farmers" that Feinstein represents, just as she has represented  
> the destructive side of   virtually every natural resource issue  
> she has weighed in on. Don't be surprised if she inserts herself  
> significantly into any upcoming Klamath legislation, however dead  
> those deals ought to be by now.
> On Feb 13, 2010, at 8:35 AM, Emelia Berol wrote:
>> From: Byron Leydecker <bwl3 at comcast.net>
>> To: FOTR List <fotr at mailman.dcn.org>; Trinity List <env- 
>> trinity at mailman.dcn.org>
>> Sent: Fri, February 12, 2010 3:25:02 PM
>> Subject: [env-trinity] SF Chron 2 12 10
>> Feinstein proposes Central Valley water plan
>> Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
>> Friday, February 12, 2010
>> (02-12) 04:00 PST Washington - -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein ignited a  
>> firestorm among fellow California Democrats on Thursday as word  
>> spread of her proposal to divert Northern California water to  
>> Central Valley farmers.
>> <image001.gif><image002.gif><image003.gif>View Larger Images
>> Feinstein needs to be put on notice that she will have to become a  
>> Republican if she wants to run for governor in this state.
>> She might as well switch parties, she has never been a true  
>> Democrat anyway.
>> More News
>> Feinstein wants to attach the proposal as an amendment to a fast- 
>> tracked Senate jobs bill. She is pitching the plan as a jobs  
>> measure to address the economic calamity in the Central Valley. It  
>> would increase farm water allocations from 10 percent last year to  
>> 40 percent this year and next, an amount that farmers say is the  
>> bare minimum they need.
>> Bay Area Democrats were livid, accusing Feinstein of concocting  
>> the plan in secret, upending fragile water negotiations that  
>> Feinstein has supported and pitting California's Central Valley  
>> against its coast. Telephone calls flew as lawmakers learned of  
>> Feinstein's plan.
>> "I was pretty shocked," said Rep. Mike Thompson, a St. Helena  
>> Democrat and ally of North Coast salmon fishermen who support  
>> efforts to save fish species that are declining.
>> Influential farmer
>> Feinstein has long supported California agriculture but began to  
>> weigh in on the side of farmers in the water wars after requests  
>> from Stewart Resnick, the well-connected owner of Paramount Farms,  
>> which grows citrus and nuts on 118,000 acres in Kern County.
>> In September, Resnick wrote Feinstein complaining that "sloppy  
>> science" by federal wildlife agencies was causing farm water  
>> shortages. A week later, Feinstein forwarded the letter to Obama  
>> administration officials, who authorized a review by the National  
>> Academy of Sciences.
>> "It seems to be a complete reversal of her position," Thompson  
>> said. "The entire Bay Area delegation had agreed we would do this  
>> National Academy of Sciences report to find out scientifically  
>> what should and shouldn't be done, and for her to turn that on its  
>> head and go out unilaterally with this proposal does not take into  
>> consideration the needs of all of California."
>> Thompson accused Feinstein of "trying to spin this as a job saver,  
>> but that ignores the jobs up north that depend on water." He  
>> compared Feinstein's plan to the Bush administration's water  
>> diversions in the Klamath River Basin in 2002 that severely  
>> damaged fisheries and were later reversed.
>> Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, said, "Best I can see, she's  
>> making a decision that jobs in the Bay Area and Northern  
>> California and the Peninsula south of San Francisco aren't as  
>> important as jobs in the Central Valley."
>> Feinstein contends that the amendment to the jobs bill would not  
>> waive the Endangered Species Act but instead follow a 2003  
>> precedent that guaranteed water deliveries in New Mexico despite  
>> restrictions imposed to protect the silvery minnow.
>> Miller, a former chairman of the House Natural Resources  
>> Committee, said Feinstein's amendment would suspend federal  
>> environmental laws that protect fish.
>> Verifying the science
>> Feinstein made no mention Thursday of her demand for the National  
>> Academy of Sciences report, due next month, to verify the science  
>> behind fish-conservation demands.
>> Resnick's business has given $29,000 to Feinstein's campaigns and  
>> $246,000 more to Democratic political committees during years when  
>> she sought re-election, according to a report by California Watch,  
>> an investigative journalism nonprofit organization, that was  
>> published in The Chronicle in December.
>> Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater (Merced County), defended  
>> Feinstein's move. "The situation in the valley is continuing to  
>> deteriorate, and we have a situation where even with more rain  
>> than usual, we could have less allocations than last year,"  
>> Cardoza said. He said even with large cutbacks in water  
>> allocations to farmers, delta smelt and other fish populations  
>> have not improved.
>> Cardoza said recent studies show the pumps that environmentalists  
>> say pulverize fish are in fact destroying only a handful. "The  
>> pumps were shut down for six or 10 additional fish," Cardoza said.  
>> "This is the height of insanity, and it's time we quit devastating  
>> the California economy and understand what is really going on here."
>> In a statement Thursday, Feinstein said that recent weeks of heavy  
>> rain and Sierra snowfall have brought snowpacks to 130 percent of  
>> their normal level. At the same time, "water has been gushing past  
>> the canals and into the oceans while farms on the west side of the  
>> (Central) Valley are likely to receive a very low percentage of  
>> their water allocations for a second year because that water  
>> cannot be pumped and stored."
>> Political jockeying
>> Feinstein's action comes after months of political jockeying  
>> between Republicans and Democrats over whether the Endangered  
>> Species Act is destroying California's farming industry. Several  
>> fisheries on the coast from southern Oregon to San Luis Obispo  
>> have been shut down for three years for lack of runoff, idling  
>> commercial and recreational fishing and devastating the small  
>> businesses that depend on it.
>> Farmers have also seen water supplies evaporate. Before this  
>> season's heavy rains, a three-year drought forced big cuts in  
>> their water allotments, forcing 400,000 acres to lie fallow and  
>> pushing unemployment in some towns toward 40 percent.
>> Farmers, fishermen and environmentalists had been negotiating on a  
>> long-term remedy to the decline of California's delta estuary, one  
>> of the largest in the world and on a scale with Florida's  
>> Everglades, but even more heavily damaged by a century of water  
>> diversions.
>> Byron Leydecker, JcT
>> Chair, Friends of Trinity River
>> PO Box 2327
>> Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327
>> 415 383 4810 land/fax (call first to fax)
>> 415 519 4810 mobile
>> bwl3 at comcast.net
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> Greg King
> President/Program Director
> Siskiyou Land Conservancy
> P.O. Box 4209
> Arcata, CA 95518
> 707-498-4900
> gking at asis.com
> http://siskiyouland.wordpress.com/
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